17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 day
Bus
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 day
Drive
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Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You've added Zagreb 360, Mirogoj Cemetery, Museum of Broken Relationships, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, take a stroll through Ilica, get from place to place with Funicular Railway, then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Zagreb is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 day

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip builder website.

Drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Klis Fortress as well as Marjan Park. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll around Marjan Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Diocletians Dream, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then steep yourself in history at Klis Fortress.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Split holiday builder app.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Hvar.
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Hvar, Croatia — 2 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hula Hula Bar as well as Pokonji Dol Beach. On the 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach, then kick back and relax at Pokonji Dol Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Hula Hula Bar.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hvar trip maker app.

Getting from Split to Hvar by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. June in Hvar sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kayaking & Canoeing has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Fri), stop by Old Town, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, then look for gifts at Dubrovnik Treasures, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik road trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City and then make a trip to Kotor City Walls & Fortress.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kotor trip planning tool.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in June, Kotor is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tirana.
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Tirana, Albania — 1 day

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blloku, BunkArt 2 and Tirana Free Walking Tour. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the top attractions with Tirana Free Walking Tour, then get engrossed in the history at BunkArt 2, and then take a stroll through Blloku.

Plan trip to Tirana with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Kotor to Tirana in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tirana are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saranda.
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Saranda, Albania — 3 nights

A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 20th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohana Beach Bar, explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lukova Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Borsh Beach, and finally explore the historical opulence of Borsh Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Saint Michael, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Neasden Lane Beach, and finally surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saranda vacation planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Saranda in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Saranda due to the time zone difference. June in Saranda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Corfu Town.
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Corfu Town, Greece — 2 nights

Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at 1st Fish Spa in Sidari Afrodite's Nails, kick back and relax at Paralia Sidari, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Canal D'Amour, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Spyridon First Beach, and finally stroll through Bataria Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Spiridon, then see the interesting displays at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then explore the world behind art at Corfuterra Gallery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at British Cemetry.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town day trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Saranda to Corfu Town takes 1.5 hours. June in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Ioannidou Art Gallery, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

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Fly from Corfu Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. June in Athens sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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Corfu travel guide

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Island of the Phaeacians
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Corfu retains many reminders of the island's Venetian, British, and French heritage.The northernmost of the Ionian Islands, the mild-weathered city made it into mythology as the idyllic place where Poseidon enjoyed marital bliss with the nymph Korkyra. Allegedly named after this mythical beauty, the island offers a blend of well-developed seaside areas and pristine mountain ranges, popular with both package tourists and casual backpackers. The island's top attraction remains the pleasant city of Corfu, an architectural gem made for sightseeing on foot. The island also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for tours of the Albanian and Italian coastlines.
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